NIC nursing students establish scholarship in honor of fellow student's daughter; endowment fund surpasses $5,000
Second-year students in North Idaho College’s renowned registered nursing program reached out to one of their own when they established a memorial scholarship in the name of the child of one of their fellow students who passed away.
And in just slightly more than a month, the endowment fund has grown to more than $5,860.
|photo1|One-year-old Madelyn Isabella Sapp died suddenly after suffering from a massive stroke resulting from a blood infection. The Sapp family, which was already struggling due to father Greg completing his second year of nursing school at NIC and mother Leeanne working toward a master’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University, was then struggling with grief. The Sapps along with their other two daughters, 6-year-old Daphne and 3-year-old Ayiana, reside in Rathdrum.
Each year, the graduating class of nurses gives a token of appreciation back to the NIC nursing department as a way of thanking the staff, faculty and college. This year instead of offering a plaque or photograph prior to the May 19 commencement ceremony, the nursing class decided to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of Madelyn to be given each year to a struggling second-year nursing student. The class had set a goal to raise $5,000, which is the minimum amount needed to endow the scholarship, allowing it to live in perpetuity with the interest earnings of the fund awarded each year as a scholarship.
The scholarship was established on April 6. It reached the $5,000 endowment level in record time on May 18, just before the 2006 nursing class’ pinning ceremony. The students themselves raised the funds for the scholarship, seeking donations from nursing department staff, faculty, students and other community members for the endowment fund, which currently sits at more than $5,860.
“I can’t express how much it means to me to have Maddie’s name tied to something so positive that will live on forever,” Leeanne said. “It’s been a real ray of hope through it all and has been something that’s gotten me through when I feel like I don’t have the energy to be strong anymore.”
Contributions to the Madelyn Isabella Sapp Memorial Scholarship are still being accepted. To contribute, send a tax-deductible donation to the North Idaho College Foundation, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83814 or call (208) 769-5978 for more information.
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NIC Development Coordinator Pam Noah at (208) 665-2750Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2006